Charleston Historic Preservation Commission

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Charleston HPC Selected for Driehaus Award!


On August 29, 2014 Landmarks Illinois notified the Charleston Historic Preservation Commission that they had received a prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation award "for its exemplary advocacy efforts in saving the 1917 Charleston Post Office."  The award, a hand-crafted model replica of Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange entrance and a $500 cash award were presented at the Landmarks Illinois annual awards program Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Chicago.  

Nominated by Steve Thompson, Chair of the CCHPAC, the commission was lauded for its "public campaign to save this important piece of downtown Charleston's historic fabric." In May 2009 members of the commission became aware that the USPS was planning to close the building and place it on the market.  Eligible to be on the National Register, the Charleston Post Office building was the subject of a nearly five year campaign to find new owners willing to appreciate its historic significance.

Today the Charleston Post Office building is now the home of Fetchers Pet Center and owned by Mike and Denise Corray.